Burundi’s crisis: Complacency, inaction or racism – or all of it?

There is no end, it seems, to diplomats and government representatives who “express concern”, appeal, urge the parties to show restraint, warn, condemn etc. All words, no deeds. European leaders reaction is basically silence – while 16 Europeans killed in the office of Charlie Hebdo made them walk arms in arm in Paris. When I think of Burundi today, all these words by Martin Luther King, Jr on complacency and inaction fit the international so-called community. There never was a truly human concern behind all the interventions in oil-rich, or otherwise strategically important, countries. If the Responsibility to Protect meant anything but self-interested, geopolitical interventionism, governments and diplomats would stop talking and wringing their hands now and get their planning tools in place – with the aim to save every Burundian, the region and the world from yet another – preventable – catastrophe. If Burundi’s crisis had happened in or closer to Europe, would European leaders not have reacted? If your answer is “I think so” then we are talking about structural racism – whether intended or not, whether conscious or not. It means a system of thought, or a paradigm, embedded in our culture that builds on the tacit, collective assumption that black people are unworthy of the concern, compassion and solidarity that we automatically apply – indeed find natural to apply – to white people in crisis.

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Libyen-krigsdagbog, oktober 2011

Kommentarer om hvad der sker og burde være sket – på ottende måned. De seneste bidrag i denne måned findes længst nede. 13. oktober 2011 PÅ POLITIKENS FORSIDE KL 10.20 IDAG… – kan man højest oppe bl a læse at Brøndby skal have en debutant i målet og en historie om nøgenfotos af Scarlett Johansson. Derimod kan man IKKE læse […]

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Hvorfor skriver Politiken sådan om Dennis Kucinich?

Lund, Sverige 25. august 2011 Kære Jakob Hvide Beim & Politiken Det er fint at I i dag sætter fokus på SAS-soldaternes folkeretsstridige tilstedeværelse i Libyen. Det er derimod ret betænkeligt at Beims artikel om Dennis Kucinich er iklædt en sprogdragt, der udstiller ham som outsider, aggressiv – og afsluttes med det sædvanlige PR-snak fra NATO om at beskytte menneskeliv. Iflg UNHCR er over en million, 15% af Libyens befolkning i dag flygtninge og dødstallene svinger mellem 15 og 30.000 – ikke helt i tråd med Responsibility to Protect. Men ikke ligefrem udskreget på Jeres forside. Man kunne have valgt at gøre lidt research

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